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Annual Report 1994/1995 Department of the Chief Minister



Annual Report 1994/1995 Department of the Chief Minister

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i ANNUAL REPORT 1994-95 OFFICE OF THE PARLIAMENTARY COUNSEL OVERVIEW The task of the Office is to respond to the requirements of Parliament for the drafting of legislation. The Office was again able to meet those requirements throughout the year despite the absence of senior officers for various periods. While the printing of legislation is the responsibility of the Government Printing Office, "hard copies' are made available by the Office, as required, to enable printed copies of legislation (including reprints of Acts and Regulations) to be prepared. The Office also maintains a continuing legislative updating service, based on its own computer system, which is available for the use of other Agencies. However, during the year the facility was not fully availed of because of technical reasons beyond the control of the Office. PROGRAMS AND PERFORMANCE Draft legislation for the Government and for private members of the Legislative Assembly in the form o f Bills to become Acts. Draft Regulations and other subordinate legislation. Draft statutory instruments. During the year 76 Acts were passed by the Legislative Assembly. The Office also produced many draft Bills yet to be introduced into the Assembly. Fifty-seven Regulations of varying degrees of complexity were drafted on the instructions of Agencies. Over 1 000 statutory instruments required in the administration of various Acts were drafted by the Office. Advise the Government on matters relating to the drafting of legislation and legislative procedures. This is an ongoing process. Draft By-laws for statutory corporations and for local and community government councils as the capacity o f the Office allows. The drafting of By-laws for municipal authorities is a service extended to them by the Government, as is the drafting of Schemes for the establishment of Community Governments under the Local Government Act. Department of the Chief Minister 25